About the Programs

Recipients are chosen based on need. The deadline for applications for the 2019-2020 school year has passed and applications are no longer being accepted.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who pay tuition to attend kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools located in Pennsylvania.

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who reside within the attendance boundary of a state-defined low-achieving school and plan to attend a school that is participating in the program.

The deadline for applications for the 2019-2020 school year has passed and applications are no longer being accepted.

2019 -2020 School Year Distribution:

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

166 applications received

13 students from 8 families received $76,711.20 in scholarships

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

146 applications received

46 students from 24 families received $186,800 in scholarships

Private School Tuition Assistance Fund

One student received $3,900

Total $267,411.20

About the Donors

The amount available for distribution each year is based on the amount donated to the Community Foundation for the program by businesses. The businesses receive a Pennsylvania state tax credit for their donation.

Donors for the 2019-2020 distribution year:

Aegis General Insurance Agency
Avalon Insurance Company
BB&T
C.S. McKee LP
Customers Bank
Elizco Inc.
First Priority Bank
Fulton Bank
Lift Inc.
M&T Bank
Orrstown Bank
The PNC Financial Services Group
Rawden Joint Ventures Inc.
Riverview Bank
Tompkins VIST Bank
UGI Storage Company
UGI Utilities Inc.
UHS of Pennsylvania Inc.
UPMC Health Plan
Weis Markets Inc.
Westmarc Cable Holdings Inc.